The Socialist

The Socialist 6 October 2021

Make the bosses pay, not the workers

The Socialist issue 1150

Bakers' union disaffiliates from Labour


Sarah Everard trial reveals police abuse of power

Tories plunge millions further into poverty with Universal Credit cut

Capitalist climate hypocrisy

Railway bosses cook the books in another capitalist market failure

Glasgow's equal pay battle set to re-erupt

Pay NHS and care staff to address worker shortages


NEU: National executive agrees campaign on pay

Coordinated FE strike against measly pay offer

Unison LG members reject insulting pay offer

Unite health members say no to 3% and vote for action

Tesco warehouse rep fighting for reinstatement

Scunthorpe steel scaffolders strike for pay rise

Brighton waste workers walk out


Capitalism's economic instability in the 'new normal'


Fighting for our future

Youth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October

Ten years since our 330-mile Jarrow March for Jobs


Barking NHS: "Sorry, please try again later"

We have the right to breathe fresh air

Nottingham: Punish Labour for cruel cuts

London protest for Texas abortion rights

North West socialists join march against Tory conference

Fighting Fund target smashed - 31,703 raised


Obituary - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021


Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship

 
 
 
 
 

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Scaffolders strike at Scunthorpe steelworks for pay rise

Scaffolders walk out on 4 October, photo Alistair Tice

Scaffolders walk out on 4 October, photo Alistair Tice   (Click to enlarge)

"I've worked here eleven years and only ever had one pay rise", one scaffolder told me on the picket line. Another added: "That was three years ago but was self-funded!"

That's why around 60 scaffolders, members of Unite the Union, started an all-out strike on Monday 4 October at British Steel in Scunthorpe. They are striking for the national industry NAECI rate for the job, which is 10-15% more than they get paid now.

This dispute started two years ago and the scaffs took several days of strike action against their previous contractor Brand last winter. A pathetic 6% pay rise over two years is all that's come out of months of 'non-negotiations' with new contractor Actavo. But the scaffs want the NAECI rate that's paid to others at the steelworks. And they're fed up of being fobbed off, hence the 95% vote for an all-out strike. Picketing has been stepped up to all three main gates from 5.30am to 2.30pm. Encouragingly, on the first morning, several scaffs from other firms turned around at the picket or didn't come in. As the Actavo contract maintains around 500 structures on the steelworks, the scaffs don't expect it will be long before their action really begins to bite.

Alistair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party

In this issue


What we think

Bakers' union disaffiliates from Labour


News

Sarah Everard trial reveals police abuse of power

Tories plunge millions further into poverty with Universal Credit cut

Capitalist climate hypocrisy

Railway bosses cook the books in another capitalist market failure

Glasgow's equal pay battle set to re-erupt

Pay NHS and care staff to address worker shortages


Workplace news

NEU: National executive agrees campaign on pay

Coordinated FE strike against measly pay offer

Unison LG members reject insulting pay offer

Unite health members say no to 3% and vote for action

Tesco warehouse rep fighting for reinstatement

Scunthorpe steel scaffolders strike for pay rise

Brighton waste workers walk out


Economy

Capitalism's economic instability in the 'new normal'


Youth Fight for Jobs

Fighting for our future

Youth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October

Ten years since our 330-mile Jarrow March for Jobs


Campaigns news

Barking NHS: "Sorry, please try again later"

We have the right to breathe fresh air

Nottingham: Punish Labour for cruel cuts

London protest for Texas abortion rights

North West socialists join march against Tory conference

Fighting Fund target smashed - 31,703 raised


Obituary

Obituary - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021


Review

Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship


 

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